Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BuckSpin:
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 12oz bottle in a Shaker pint
BAside: a shout out to BA zutmin for the rare opp to try a left coast IPA!
Poured strong, straight, a little bit thick. Wow...great sweet, hoppy nose, strong grapefruit up front, pine in the background. Malts are in there & sweet but its a losing battle to those hops. A fat finger's worth of tight, mixed blanched almond foam, sticky with edge lacing, slowly settles to a nice blanketing of the same. Minute sediment ever so slowly ebbs & flows in the hazy, almost cloudy apricot hued body. It just looks thick, like honey. Some isolated bubbles slowly work their way thru all this to the surface. Thus far it smells & looks the part - now lets see if it can act.
Creamy on the tongue, yet also a bit rough, like velour - smooth yet abrasive. Hops are bittersweet with a solid grapefruit rind/pith taste as well as some pine, yet not overly bitter. Its walking that line very well. I'm not keen on uber-bitter IPAs, but this one pushes me just a little out of my comfort zone while remaining nice & enjoyable with enough sweetness to keep it in all in check.
Semi-dry with a slight edge to the wet part of that equation, it has a soft, damp, back of the palate crunch which helps to lighten & further balance the otherwise thick, full taste & feel. There is a very mild spiciness on the back of the mouth from the malts, which is nice.
Its going down nice & easy, not too quick but not a sipper. It finishes, given how round & full it was, surprisingly dry as well as clean & non-puckerish. I can't stand bitter, might as well have sucked lemons aftertastes, but this one is nicely bittersweet, somewhat sticky & chewy, just a tiny bit stony on the tongue as well as mildly coating.
A very nice IPA. I'm no hophead but I enjoyed this very much. Its a great example that beers can be hopped without being overly bitter and still leave some room for sweetness. This would be great with anything zesty & sweet (Pacific Rim, Thai, Szechwan) as well as good pub fare that is, again, lively or spicy. While I'm not surrendering my malt-head card yet, IPAs like this are enough to convince me to continue to explore the genre for gems like this. Definitely recommended, a damn nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2007 03:23:07 | More by BuckSpin
More User Reviews:
3.59/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This beer is alright, I have had too many great ones lately. But this one is not bad. I need to try the more hardcore ones.
Appearance: Dark golden amber. Some Head but not too much not a bad beer on the above average account.
Smell: Not a lot going on compared to others .But it was a good beer.
Taste: Enjoyable, some hops, actually strong on the hops but it also has a sweet malt backbone that balances things out. Not the best tasting beer that I have had but for a four pack you can do much better, in my opinion.
Overall: I didnt think this was a bad beer but there are better ones too. Solidly above average but not outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 21:59:41 | More by humuloner22
5/5 rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This was one of the Best IPAs I've ever had. Really great, citrusy hop profile, a great example of the West Coast IPA.
Appearance: Somewhat dark for an IPA, sort of an burnt orange color. Not a lot of head and pretty much no lacing.
Smell: Great. You get the hops and the citrus right off the bat, but it's clear that there's enough malt here to balance.
Taste: As the label of the beer says, this beer is "Extravagantly Hopped." The citrus is enough to balance the bitterness, but if you shy away from more dry beers this wouldn't be for you.
Mouthfeel: Really nice, pretty thick mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Not the smoothest beer ever, but at 7.3% ABV this isn't meant to be a smooth session beer anyways.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 21:25:52 | More by Luisfcarrizo
Green Flash West Coast I.P.A. from Green Flash Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,170 ratings.